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Phosphorus Management Considerations

The Quick and Dirt-y on Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus (DRP)   A hot topic in soil health and nutrient loss over the last few years has been Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus (DRP), a form of phosphorus that is dissolved and readily available to plants and algae. DRP differs from the phosphorus loss we usually hear about, which is tied to soil particles,...

Cover Crop Solutions for In-Field Concerns

On August 9, 2023 ICCON was joined by Bethany Bedeker, Cover Crop Education Specialist in the Center for Regenerative Agriculture at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Bethany focused on cover crop species and mix considerations for addressing specific field or resource concerns related to soil compaction and weed control for cash crops.  According to Bethany, addressing resource concerns begins...

Join ISAP for an Ag and Conservation Family Night at Illinois Central College

East Peoria, IL – Whether you are from the country or town, there will be something of interest to all ages at the upcoming Ag and Conservation Family Night event at Illinois Central College’s (ICC) East Peoria campus on August 2, 2023. Visitors will get an up-close view of farmers' many practices and technologies to improve soil health and protect...

Rate Calculations for Cover Crop Mixes

On July 12th ICCON was joined by Chase Brown of Brown Seed Sales in Central Illinois to discuss the considerations and mechanics of rate calculations in multi-species cover crop mixes. Chase has spent the last 10 years diving into cover crops and regenerative ag practices. In that time, he has had plenty of opportunities to learn about using cover crop...

ISAP Publishes Updated Carbon Market Comparison Table

This week, the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership (ISAP) published “An Overview of Voluntary Carbon Markets for Illinois Farmers,” to assist farmers and farm advisors in their evaluation of market opportunities available in Illinois. This resource includes information on 15 carbon market opportunities available to Illinois farmers, a glossary of key terms, and a list of relevant resources. The document provides...

ICCON Summer Series Kicks Off With Discussion on Mixes Following Wheat

On June 14, 2023 ICCON kicked off our four-part summer series, Cover Crop Cocktails. The series will feature information on how to design cover crop mixes to address specific goals, including improving pollinator and wildlife habitat, addressing specific field concerns, and taking advantage of the summer window following wheat harvest. For the first session in the series, ICCON was joined...